Hot Town, Summer In The City: The NYC “Life Is Good” Bike Tour ’11

Grimaldi’s “Pizza Under The Bridge.” Brooklyn, NY. (John Derienzo, Tony Shaughnessy  and Mike Walter)

Once again- Tony, John and I tuned-in to our favorite radio station, WKIP (We Keep It Positive) and rode our bikes 35 miles to Brooklyn just to have a slice of Margarita pizza at Grimaldi’s.    This year- we were joined by my good friend and co-creator of the fictional feel-good frequency, Mike Walter.

The Spinnaker, from Le Peep. Randolph, NJ

It was sunny and 87 degrees in the big apple… this song kept playing in my head throughout our excursion. Everybody was outside doing their thang; running, walking, praying to trees, fixing the roads, sight-seeing, playing chess like they do in one of my favorite movies of all time, and lots of folks playing a little hooky.

As always, the highlights of the ride revolved around the food and the company.  Our friend, Terri, who couldn’t make the ride but joined us for breakfast at Le Peep, recommended  “The Spinnaker.”  It’s a delicious egg-white omelet with spinach, bacon, mushrooms, chives, cheese and tomatoYummy! The day was off to a great start.

Mike featured the trip route on his blog, so I’ll just focus on the pizza and the pics.

There’s something about Gramaldi’s home-made mozzarella, the perfect crust, and a red sauce so nice it should have a crayon named after it...  that will keep me coming back to Brooklyn on my bike year after year.

The Little Red Lighthouse @ The GWB

4 slices is usually just what the doctor ordered at the 17 mile half-way point.  But this time… John and I raced up the Manhattan bridge right after lunch…  that fourth slice wasn’t doing me any favors.   🙂    No unnecessary drama ensued, but note to self: next year you may want to wait another 15 minutes before challenging anybody to a race.  Especially someone like John, who is a ridiculously-strong rider and spins 8 days a week.

Throughout the trip… we joked, laughed and got personal.   We saw “every kind of people” and enjoyed a fun, alternative workout.

We all agreed there’s no doubt that being outside-  soakin’ up a sunny day & just livin, is a very good indication that Life- is indeed good.    See ya next year!    You are welcome to join us.   -mp

 

Encore Gallery:

A Nice Run, Sunshine and Friendship

The WKIP crew (from left) Paul Rallo, Terri Contaxis, Michael Walter, & Marcello

Yesterday afternoon, I went for a beautiful 8 mile WKIP run with my good friends, Terri, Paul and Michael.   It was cool to hear Michael, who has 14 marathons under his belt giving advice and encouragement to Terri, who is training for the New York Marathon in November… her first!  Good luck Terri!

Huge bonus… my mom lives right up the road from my house at the mile 6 marker of the scenic country road loop.  She had plenty of hugs, kisses and cold water for everyone.  When Mom sent this photo last night,  I couldn’t help but notice the flag she has hanging from her house.

After a delicious al fresco lunch on the deck back at my house with Terri and Paul, Michael stayed to rehearse for our upcoming presentation at the Wedding MBA in Las Vegas on the 21st. We figured if we’re going to give a seminar about life balance and health and wellness, we better practice what we preach.  🙂

“You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie.

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